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Here are a few examples of the exhibits at the Ilkley Toy Museum.

Blanche Bear

BLANCHE - German 1910

Blanche is a white mohair Steiff bear, wood wool filled, with brown glass eyes. Owned by the daughter of a German Jewish family, Blanche escaped with her owner to England at the start of the War.

After many dangerous assignments accompanying her owner in the Secret Service, Blanche's owner died in 1979 and Blanche has been on display at the Cotswold Teddy Bear Museum and the Brighton Bears Museum until her move to Ilkley.

In 1992 Blanche was filmed with Susannah York and Mark Greenstreet in the BBC Series 'Trainer'. She appears in the book 'The Century of the Teddy Bear' by Constance King.

Stafford House - Dolls House

STAFFORD HOUSE - English 1830

An unusual terrace of two London houses with original painted brickwork, fan lights and glazing bars. The house contains some original wallpaper.

Look out for the 'mad' professor in the attic and the tin plate toilet with working flush in the bathroom.

Toot Toot

TUT TUT - German c. 1910

"Tut Tut" is one of the best known Ernst Paul Lehmann figures. Tut Tut was the first toy automobile with a working horn.

Lehmann manufactured in Brandenburg, Germany from 1881 until 1948.

Over 100 different models were produced during the golden age of these toys which ended around 1920.

For more details of the history of tin toys please visit our education page.

Miss Barwick


"Miss Barwick" is a fine English George III wooden doll (c. 1750-60).

She has a gesso-covered head, black enamelled eyes and a real hair wig. She has her own contemporary sedan chair complete with brocade curtains and cushions and embossed with an ornate initial 'B'.

This doll has been in the Barwick family for several generations. The Barwick family hails from Yeadon in West Yorkshire.